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The native form of this personal name is Tóth László. This article uses the Western name order.
Pietà by Michelangelo

Laszlo Toth (László Tóth in Hungarian) (born 1940), is an Hungarian-born Australian geologist. He achieved world-wide notoriety when he vandalised Michelangelo's Pietà statue on May 21, 1972. Toth was not charged with any criminal offence after the incident. He was hospitalised in Italy for two years. On his release, he was immediately deported to Australia, where he apparently still resides.


Early life

Little is known of Toth's early life, apart from his birth in Hungary in 1940.

The incident

Toth, wielding a Geologist's hammer and shouting, "I am Jesus Christ — risen from the dead"[1][2][3 ] [4][5 ][6], attacked the statue, with fifteen blows[3 ] removed the Virgin's arm at the elbow, knocked off a chunk of her nose, and chipped one of her eyelids. He was never charged with the crime, in view of his apparent insanity. On January 29, 1973, he was committed to an Italian psychiatric hospital. He was released on February 9, 1975, and was immediately deported to Australia where he had studied prior to the attack; Australian authorities did not detain him. He resides in a nursing home in Strathfield, NSW, Australia.

Toth in literature and popular culture


  1. ^ "Can Italy be Saved from Itself?". TIME magazine.,9171,905967,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-15.  
  2. ^ "Notes and Queries: Whatever happened to Laszlo Toth, the man who smashed Michelangelo's Pieta in 1972?". The Guardian.,5753,-2565,00.html. Retrieved 2006-06-08.  
  3. ^ a b "Chapel of the Pieta by Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1499" (in English). 23 September 2008. Retrieved 05 December 2009.  
  4. ^ "On Negation: Bilderverbot – The Prohibition Against Images" (in English). 16 September 2005. Retrieved 05 December 2009.  
  5. ^ Gamboni, Dario (in English). The destruction of art: iconoclasm and vandalism since the French Revolution.  
  6. ^ Evers, Chia (2006). "Laszlo Toth, "Jesus Christ," Attacks the Pieta (May 21, 1972)". Today in Odd History. News of the Odd. Retrieved 2006-06-08.  
  7. ^ "The Laszlo Letters (Don Novello interviewed by Bob Garfield)". On the Media. WNYC Radio. 2003. Retrieved 2006-06-08.  


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